FACULTY & STAFF

 

REBECCA BRYAN RAD RTS

Co-Owner/

Artistic Director

Rebecca Bryan is a certified-registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, one of six in the state of Florida. She has been teaching for over twenty years, owning and directing three schools in Houston, TX, Bradenton, FL and now Sarasota, FL. She has had extensive classical ballet training under the Royal Academy of Dance and the Cecchetti Council of America.

Her keen sense of communication and patience with students and their individual abilities, instills a discipline and eagerness to learn. Her unique method of teaching sparks a love of the arts in students of all ages.

MEGHAN SINCLAIR

Co-Owner/

Artistic Director

Meghan Sinclair has had 20 years of classical ballet and dance training under master teachers, from all over the world. She was successful in her RAD Major Syllabus Advanced I Exam and has been accepted into the RAD Teaching Certificate Program.

Meghan took  her first RAD exam at the age  of seven passing with Distinction. She has been in love with the art of expression through movement ever since. Meghan has encompassed the passion of discipline, love of performance and the heart and patience for teaching.

EMILY ARTHUR

Faculty

Emily Arthur is thrilled to be a teacher at Sarasota Dance Academy, and is eager to embark on another exciting season of dance. Emily graduated from the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg, where she earned a degree in history and education with summa cum laude distinction. Previously, Emily has danced with several local schools, where she has accumulated years’ worth of training in classical ballet and en pointe. She enjoys performing, and has had roles in various dance and community theater productions. She has also spent her time as a teaching assistant in several elementary and high school classrooms, where she has worked to infuse the arts with common curriculum. She seeks to foster an environment that is creative, engaging, and thoughtful, and looks forward to working with students of Sarasota Dance Academy as they navigate and explore their education and passion for dance.

SARA FRIEND

Faculty

Sara Friend began her dance training in the core subjects of ballet, tap, and jazz and quickly found her passion for tap. She performed and competed with her high school’s premier coed show choir. Throughout her time as a student at New College of Florida, Sara was a tap dance teacher and choreographer for college students who were new to the art of tap dancing.

Sara strongly believes in the power of dance as an art form that can help students to express themselves, love who they are, and believe in their abilities. As she instructs, she creates a collaborative atmosphere that focuses on rhythm and musicality, body awareness, and the power of performance for cultivating joy both in performers and in their audience.

JOELLE KISSEL
Faculty

Joelle Kissel began dancing at the age of five, training in ballet, tap and jazz. She continued dancing competitively until she graduated from high school, adding pointe, contemporary, modern, musical theatre and hip hop to her training. Joelle continued her dance education at East Carolina University, where she majored in dance performance. While she was there, Joelle  had the opportunity to attend and perform in the American College Dance Association in 2013 and 2017. She graduated from ECU in 2017 with a BFA in dance performance and performed in Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream, in their production of Fiends that fall. Shortly after she trained in ballroom dancing until 2018. Joelle then pursued a fitness education and obtained certifications in pilates reformer, personal training, and BarreAbove.

SARA FRAZZETTA

Faculty

Sara was born and began her ballet training in Italy, where she was awarded scholarships and succeeded in many competitions, achieving 5 times the 1st place in her region, the 8th place in the Italian Championships of Dance FIDS and the 10th place at the World International Dance Organization IDO. She was then invited to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. She studied ballet with Maria Sizova and Contemporary, dance Conditioning, Character and Historical dance with other Master Professors of the Bolshoi.

 

Sara worked and performed with Davis Robertson, co-founder of the New York Dance Project and former artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet School, as his partner in a Pas de Deux choreographed by him for the Seaside Dance Festival, alongside NYC Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and others. She danced with the company Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in Miami as a trainee, under the instruction of the artistic director Vladimir Issaiev. She worked as guest ballet teacher and received invite to work twice for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s summer intensives in Urbino and Florence, Italy. There she assisted the Master Professors of the Bolshoi Irina Pyatkina and Ekaterina Trunina in rehearsals and classes, as well as assisting Dmitry Povolotsky and Davis Robertson in the management of the program and final performances.

 

Her love for dance is what brought her to Florida, where she met and settled down with her husband. Besides her love for ballet and dance, she is also a Barre instructor, who aims to inspire others to achieve a healthy relationship with dance and fitness and to cheer their progress. Today she is an American Ballet Theatre's Certified Teacher ABT® and passionate Dance Instructor.

SARA METZLER

Faculty

bio coming soon!

JENNIFER PERRY

Faculty

bio coming soon!

RUBIE GAUDETTE

Guest Faculty 

Rubie is an athletic trainer at IMG Academy where she works with the varsity and national football programs. Rubie began dance at a young age at the Turning Point Dance Center in Biddeford Maine. She grew up on performance and competition teams at TTPDC and danced for her high school’s dance company, where she first started choreographing for school performances. After high school Rubie joined the modern dance company, Collective Motion. She attended the University of Southern Maine, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training to go on to Western Michigan University, obtaining a Masters of Science in Athletic Training. While in college she not only danced and choreographed for Collective Motion, she was also a member of the Lady Red Claws and a Portland Pirates Ice Girl. Dance has always been an important part of her life and she couldn’t be happier to share her love for it.

STUDENT ASSISTANTS

 

ALI

Student Assistant since 2019

CATHERINE

Student Assistant since 2018

LAUREN

Student Assistant since 2019

BELLA

Student Assistant since 2018

EMMA

Student Assistant since 2018

MYLEE

Student Assistant since 2019

CHLOE

Student Assistant since 2016

GRETTA

Student Assistant since 2019

NEWS & EVENTS 

BRING A FRIEND

FEBRUARY 22-27 2-12 YEARS

It's a fun week to invite a friend (or two) to come try a class at Sarasota Dance Academy! Friends must fit within the age requirements of your class.

MOMMY & ME DANCE

JOIN A CLASS

THIS WEEK!

This program is the perfect introduction for your curious child. Themed classes encourage class participation, focus and confidence. 30 minute weekly creative movement classes.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

UPDATED

AUGUST 15TH

Sarasota Dance Academy is doing everything we can to keep our families healthy. Click the link below to read our updated studio protocols for health and safety. 

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANCERS!

"Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" — Dr. Seuss

 

We are thankful to get to celebrate your journey of life!

OPEN CLASSES

JOIN AN OPEN DANCE CLASS 

Tiny Dancer & School Program classes are open for enrollment! We are excited to offer a full range of classes to suit your busy schedule. Visit our Programs page to learn more.

FREE TRIAL CLASS

NEW STUDENTS, CALL TO SCHEDULE

New to dance at our studio? Come try a class, free! We have lots of styles, classes and times to choose from. Call our office to schedule. 

SPRING SHOWCASE

SATURDAY,

MAY 22, 2021

Mark your calendars for a Spring Showcase to wow! On May 22, 2021 we will hold our year end performance at Riverview High School. 

CONTACT US

941.957.8407

info@sarasotadanceacademy.com 

ADDRESS

1100 N Tuttle Ave, Unit 17

Sarasota, FL 34237

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